Indoor allergy alert! Did you know...
- that excessive heating during the winter months encourages dust mite growth
- that dust mit exposure can aggravate health conditions such as asthma, skin rashes and rhinitis
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With the dark nights drawing in, you’re fumbling to find your winter coat and the dreaded heating has finally been switched on. Autumn has officially arrived. Here are some top tips on how to keep healthy and how to look after your wellbeing this winter as it won’t be just you in the house…
What are house dust mites?
House dust mites are a species of microscopic, invisible animals feeding on the skin cells people daily discard. In order to breed they need warm, dark and humid conditions making your home a perfect indoor environment for them. Dust mites’ favourite hiding places are mattresses, bedding, curtains, carpets and upholstered furniture. Their presence here can harm you due to the enzymes in their droppings breaking into your body.
How do dust mites settle in my house in large quantities?
House dust mites exist in all homes. However, there are a few household triggers to take into account that allow dust mite population to grow:
- Sweating at night feeds dust mites since they survive on the humidity
- Poor ventilation increases this humidity
- An average house temperature between 18 and 24 degrees provides dust mites with ideal breeding opportunities
What allergies and symptoms are associated with dust mites?
- Asthma - Irritation of the airways which can cause shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing
- Eczema - Typical symptoms of this skin rash condition include the occurrence of dry, red, itchy and flaky skin
- Allergic Rhinitis – An inflammation of the airways of the nose. Sneezing and a runny nose are common symptoms
- Allergic Conjunctivitis – Exposure to dust mites can cause itchy, red and watery eyes
How can I protect my home?
Even when you clean your home on a regular basis; you cannot wipe these little intruders out completely. However, the following suggestions can help you to reduce the quantities of mites in your home:
- Wash and vacuum beds regularly since the high temperature steam can kill the mites
- Ventilate regularly by opening the windows every day for a while or use trickle vents and air conditioning to keep the air dry and clean
- Reduce population of dust mites in between without using harmful chemicals
What Tower Health products are available to help you get through the winter comfortably whilst reducing dust mite exposure?
Join the battle with Tower Health and have a look at our easy-to-use Dust Mite Controller – Room Protector and Portable Dust Mite Controller. Not only can you use these to eliminate dust mite population your home, you can take these with you to the office or in the car as well.
If you suffer from asthma, allergies or respiratory conditions, why not try Salitair Salt Pipe Therapy? This is a 100% natural salt therapy treatment that cleans your respiratory airways, helping you to breathe more easily.
Visit our allergy pharmacy department, we have everything you need to reduce and manage your allergies all winter long!